I see the RNCM Festival of Brass programme has been released. Lots of goodies on show - am looking forward to a new cornet concerto by Arthur Butterworth, another chance to hear Peter Meechan's Macbeth, and two oldies which deserve to be heard again - Music for a Brass Band (Martin Dalby) and Countdown (Paul Patterson). And of course there is the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble too. Given that Derek Bourgeois is one of the featured composers, it's disappointing that we aren't going to hear the 2nd Concerto (although the 1st Concerto and the Concerto Grosso are on offer). And given the Shakespearean theme, an opportunity has been missed to play Phyllis Tate's delightful suite, Illustrations. But I'm being picky. Still looks like a great line-up of music.